Creating a Windows 2012 Server in the Windows Azure cloud: Part 1

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As Agile Consultants we are always looking at ways to improve processes, both internally and for our clients. Today we will be looking at Microsoft Windows Azure as a cloud computing platform. We will setup a Windows Azure account, proceed to create a Windows Server 2012 instance and login with RDC (Remote Desktop Connection).

Cloud computing is the use of computing resources (hardware and software) that are delivered as a service over a network (typically the Internet). The name comes from the use of a cloud-shaped symbol as an abstraction for the complex infrastructure it contains in system diagrams. Cloud computing entrusts remote services with a user’s data, software and computation.

Creating a Windows Azure Account

To create a Windows Azure account you should have a Microsoft account, if you don’t have one you can create one before signing up for Azure.

Microsoft is offering a 90 day free trail on their cloud computing platform which includes the following services:

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  • 750 small compute hours per month
  • 10 web sites
  • 10 mobile services
  • 1 SQL database
  • 100 hours of SQL reporting per month
  • 35GB of storage
  • unlimited inbound data transfer
  • 25GB outbound data transfer
  • 50GB media services encoding
  • 20GB outbound CDN
  • 128MB cache
  • 1500 relay hours service bus
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Windows Azure Login

To sign up for a Windows Azure account go to the Windows Azure login page.

Login with your Microsoft account.

Windows Azure Signup page

You will be greeted with a signup form, you should have a mobile number and a credit card number ready, these are used to confirm your identity.

Click on the next arrow.

Windows Azure Signup page 2

You will be prompted for you mobile number, enter your number in international format and wait for an SMS. You should enter the verification code in the text box that appears.

Windows Azure Signup page 3

You need to enter your billing details into the next screen. Click next when everything is filled in. You won’t be billed for the first 90 days and after that Windows Azure will prompt you to purchase a subscription.

Virtual Machine Dashboard

windows azure vms list

Create a new Virtual Machine

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Click on “Quick create”

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  • Fill in a DNS name
  • Choose the server type ( default Windows Server 2012)
  • Choose Size
  • Enter Password and Password confirmation
  • Choose Location
  • Create Virtual Machine

Connecting to a Virtual Machine

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 Just click on the Virtual machine that you want to connect to and then click on the “Connect” button, this will download a RDC file.

Double click this file to launch Remote Desktop Connection.

remote desktop connection prompt

You will be prompted for a user name and Password once you click on connect. The user name will be “Administrator” and the Password will be what you’ve written in the form to create the Virtual Machine.

If you press ok you should be remotely logged in to your brand new Windows Server 2012 on Windows Azure!

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Go ahead and click around, enjoy your brand new server in the cloud. Be sure to check back soon for articles on how to configure Windows Server 2012 on Azure with different server roles and applications.



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  1. Tania van Wyk de Vries  February 11, 2013

    Part of Agile is looking at how we enable technology to assist our process of agile. Microsoft’s cloud has been so easy to use in getting infrastructure up and ready for use.